Daily Archives: September 26, 2009

18 percent: Despite massive ASLC budget cuts last May, not all student groups got caught in the aftermath.

Dominic Baez – Editor in chief. Although some clubs and organizations lost upwards of 43 percent of their budgets in an effort to cut $57,000 from the Associated Students of Linfield College’s annual budget, including ASLC general management’s and Linfield Activities Board’s accounts, others received more funds.
One of the largest increases was bestowed upon the Communications Board, which received an 18-percent raise in funds for the 2009-2010 school year.
The Communications Board members comprise The Linfield Review editor in chief, KSLC 90.3 FM general manager, Wildcat Productions executive producer and CAMAS editor.
The board, restructured last year for efficiency, meets monthly to discuss matters regarding campus media. It also manages its own budget, receiving a previously determined amount — 16 percent this year — from ASLC. Board members work together to decide how their funds will be divided.
“For the Comm. Board’s budget, we averaged the last five years of what [it] got, and it came to 16 percent,” senior Chris McIsaac, ASLC vice president of business and finance, said.
This year, the total budget for the board, $55,200, was split as such: The Linfield Review, $35,855.20 (although $11,600 is Review-generated revenue from advertising and subscriptions); KSLC, $25,393.80; Wildcat Productions, $2,487.50; and CAMAS, $1,961.
Last year, when the Communications Board still needed its budget approved by the Senate, the numbers were split: The Linfield Review, $27,448.25 (though $11,600 of that is from advertising and subscriptions); KSLC, $11,615.96; CAMAS, $1,961; and Wildcat Productions, $957.50.
The Linfield Review’s and KSLC’s budgets greatly differ from last year’s because stipends, which used to be dispersed from ASLC’s general management account, now come out of each group’s own budgets.
Some members of the Communications Board said they enjoy the extra leeway an increased budget provides.
“For KSLC specifically, the increase in budget has been helpful in getting our station up-to-date and a more workable and functioning environment,” junior Tracey Major, KSLC co-general manger along with junior Stacey Von Blom, said. “This increase has allowed us to begin the process of streaming online, which will be a major advantage for both KSLC and Linfield. It also gives the opportunity for out-of-state students to broadcast their shows to friends and family back home. We’re very happy with ASLC’s decision and plan to show them that we’ll put their money to good work.”
However, some, including members of this year’s ASLC Cabinet and Communications Board, believe this might not be the most efficient allocation of ASLC funds.
The current Cabinet did not plan the increase of the board’s budget, senior Ashlee Carter, ASLC president, said. Last year’s Cabinet decided that.
“After working on the budget, we found that it wasn’t fair at all that it got so much more when others had to take big cuts,” Carter said. “It can’t stay that way. We have to make it more realistic. We’ll have to come up with something before the end of the school year.”
McIsaac agreed and said that there is more that needs to be factored into this equation, though he said the idea was good in theory.
“It is like [the Comm. Board] almost has too much,” Carter said. “It’s not fair to other clubs and organizations that didn’t get that increase.”
Some board members agreed with this sentiment, though for different reasons.
“As a member of LAB, I think [LAB] could have used some of the money,” junior Lauren Funtanilla, CAMAS editor, said. “I think LAB makes a bigger impact, so it should get more money. More money equals bigger acts.”
Wildcat Productions President Ashley Swanson, while unaffected in most part by the budget increase, said it can serve a purpose.
“Wildcat Productions is on the smaller end of the budget scale, along with CAMAS and now The Oven, in comparison to the cost of The Linfield Review and KSLC, so the increase perhaps has a lower impact on us than others,” she said. “Not to say that the impact isn’t noticeable. This increase allows for growth, something all the media want to see happen.
“The rising costs of printing, equipment and licenses, coupled with keeping pace with technology, that 16-percent chunk is spread carefully,” she continued. “Perhaps the Comm. Board will start to think about saving some of that extra money for emergencies, such as equipment breaking, or for budget years that fall short of fulfilling basic needs. Personally, I’m hoping we can use the united power of the Comm. Board to help each other, to make Linfield more media in-depth. The pieces are at our fingertips, they just haven’t been puzzled out yet.”
Carter said she will meet with this year’s Communications Board in an effort to lower the set 16-percent budget that will be allocated to it next year.

Gaming council: Any game(r) is welcome

Chelsea Langevin – Senior reporter. After more than a decade at the college, the Linfield Gaming Council has gained a foothold in club membership with nearly 15 new freshman members this year, junior council president Stephen Guttridge said.
Because the gaming council’s publicity was dependent on the Activities Fair and word-of-mouth suggestions, Guttridge said he was amazed at the number of people who attended.
“We had a huge bunch of people show up to our first meeting,” Guttridge said.
On a typical night, roughly 10-15 people show up to escape the ails of homework and play their favorite games, junior member Garrett Garceau said. With the increased numbers Sept. 19, the club had to spend time introducing new and old members.
“I was impressed: We actually had to stop gaming to have formal introductions,” Garceau said.
In its history at Linfield, the gaming council hasn’t always been receptive to playing different types of games, such as board and classic games, Guttridge said.
He said he believes the club’s more welcoming atmosphere has contributed to its growing popularity.
Formerly known as “The Linfield Role Playing Club,” the gaming council used to regularly organize role-playing games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, or other computer games in which the main player is the hero. However, Guttridge realized that not everyone enjoyed games of that nature and decided that, as president, he would open the club to any type of game.
“The basic idea of the club is, if you have a game you want to play, we’ll play it,” he said.
There are two types of games: classic and board games, Guttridge said. Classics include Sorry!, Uno, Trouble and Monopoly, whereas board games include Settlers of Catan and Axis and Allies.
Not only is it a place to relax and play your favorite games, the club is also a communal space to meet new people.
“The social aspect is really big,” Guttridge said. “Sometimes we’ll just stop playing and start talking for hours.”
For others, the club is an escape from the studying doldrums.
“[The club] gives me a set two-hour block where I can have fun the way I want to,” Garceau said.
The gaming council is also active beyond school borders, attending tournaments each semester in Portland, Garceau said. One primary tournament was an anime convention called Kumoricon, which took place at the beginning of September.
Next month, the club plans to attend a magic draft for the game “Magic the Gathering,” Garceau said.
The club meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the Riley Student Center, room 216.
“The club is dictated by what the members want to play,” he said. “If you want to learn a game, just let us know,” he said.

Students will tap into holistic health practices

Joanna Peterson – Review staff writer. Students can expect to gain a better understanding of holistic health during Wellness Week 2009.
Every year, Linfield hosts Wellness Week, an event that aims to raise student awareness of health issues and resources available on campus, Christina Ries, health promotion and student wellness coordinator, said.
“Our goal is to introduce students to all areas of wellness and ways to improve those areas,” Janet Peterson, associate professor of health and human performance, said.
Information tables will focus on a certain aspect of health each day, ranging from nutrition to relationships to communication, Ries said.
Students can also participate in a variety of activities, such as a trip to the McMinnville Farmers Market, to get blood pressure checks and massages, to a meditation session and to an improv comedy night.
There will be giveaways all week from Cindy’s Gym, Anytime Fitness, Incahoots, Thai Country, Great Harvest Bread Co. and other local businesses.
Wellness Week takes place from Sept. 28-Oct. 2. The tables will be set up in front of Walker Hall and Withnell Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Various students groups such as Greenfield, Associated Students of Linfield College and Greek Life will staff the event tables, but any student who wants to help should contact wellness@linfield.edu, Peterson said.
“It’s a really good event that Linfield does to invest in the students’ health,” she said. “We do this for you.”

Senate leaders have high goals for school year

Hunter Deiglmeier – Review staff writer. The Associated Students of Linfield College Senate comprises the entire student body. Through the Senate, student participants can contribute to life at college and beyond.
The Senate is a group that focuses getting as many students as possible students involved on campus by making it easy for students to obtain a position and have key roles within the organization.
“Senate doesn’t just report back to the students [the] things that are happening to them,” junior Geoffrey Porter, Model United Nations representative, said.
It also has an effect on Linfield students as well as on people around the world, he said.
The idea for new bike racks on campus this year started in Senate. Additionaly, two years ago the Senate sent aid to the recovery efforts in China and Burma after the earthquake and tsunami, Porter said.
The Senate also helps to host, promote and fund various club activities on campus.
“Clubs that host activities often secure funding and promote them through Senate,” senior Christopher Norman, ASLC vice president and Senate president, said.
Additionally, the ASLC Cabinet plans and hosts the Activities Fair, Mom’s Weekend, Dad’s Weekend, Homecoming and more.
Official Senate rules state that every hall, club or fraternity and sorority may have one senator for every 30 student members.
“Almost every hall can have at least two senators and at least half could [probably] have more than that, which means that there are plenty of positions still [available],” Porter said.
As this year’s Senate president, Norman said his goals for Senate include keeping senators involved, making sure they send out their constituency reports each week and having weekly meetings between all senators.
The Senate meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday in the Riley Student Center, room 201 to report and discuss future campus events and activities.
To become a Senator, contact Norman at cnorman@linfield.edu.

Students canvass McMinnville to increase sustainability

Kelley Hungerford – Assistant editor. “The short equation is Linfield volunteers plus CFLs equals solar panels,” senior Duncan Reid, founder of Greenfield and organizer of the Compact Florescent Light Bulb Direct Install Program, said.
The formula isn’t rocket science: The four-hour install plans for student volunteers to light up McMinnville neighborhoods with energy-efficient, longer-lasting light bulbs. Students will canvass the community, asking to enter homes to replace traditional incandescent bulbs with the power- and money-saving type.
“It ties right into the colloquium theme of climate change and sustainability,” Reid said.
And community members aren’t the only ones benefiting from the program. For every installed light bulb, Linfield will receive $2 to fund the installment of solar panels as part of Northup Hall’s renovation.
Reid said McMinnville Water & Light, which supplies Linfield’s power and water, receives $4 credits from the Bonneville Power Administration, a Portland-based federal agency under the Department of Energy. MW&L uses the credits to buy $2 CFLs, which are given to Linfield at no charge. The extra $2 goes in the solar panel fund whenever a new light bulb is installed during the program.
“One of the unique things about this program that I don’t think a lot of people realize is that power companies don’t usually have relationships like this with colleges,” Reid said. “This is a very special thing that we have.”
Not only does the relationship provide Linfield with free light bulbs and sustainability funding, but the power company receives recognition, as well. In fact, MW&L won the 2009 Dan Moriarty Community Partner Award for its alliance with the college.
Reid said Wes Thomas, the company’s key accounts manager, approached him last fall about initiating the direct install program. They collaborated on smaller-scale direct installs; however, Reid said they were informal test runs and few volunteers showed up.
But 140 have already registered for the Sept. 26 event, nearing the organization’s goal of 200 volunteers.
If each of the 200 students installs 50 bulbs, then they will reach another goal: 10,000 installed light bulbs.
The program is also more organized than in the past, Reid said. All volunteers will get T-shirts and clipboards, making them look more official than your typical Saturday-morning college student.
Some students also distributed fliers to targeted communities earlier this week, and the News-Register is running an ad for the event in this week’s issue.
“We’re really trying to make it as easy for Linfield students to get into as many homes [to install light bulbs] as possible,” Reid said of the organization’s efforts. “I’d say people are generally accepting of the program, but there are those who don’t feel like trusting random people.”
Mostly, though, Reid said student and community reactions are positive.
“It’s really fun and funny to knock on random people’s doors and see what’s behind them,” he said.
And, while it’s intimidating at first, he said community members are receptive once students enlighten them to the fact that not only will they save money, but they get the new light bulbs for free.
“A lot of time community members will be very grateful,” Reid said.